Pine Grove preschoolers spread cheer
Published: January 24, 2013
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RAVINE - Kindness does still exist and being kind does matter as was evident Monday, Jan. 14 at Fulton Bank in Pine Grove
While visiting the bank, the preschoolers, ages four and five, greeted bank patrons by all saying 'Good Morning.' As the customers were leaving, the students would say, 'have a nice day,' and one student would hand the person a smiley face magnet made at the daycare center.
Students at The Old Schoolhouse Daycare Center, are learning their manners and about kindness by participating in the 26 Acts of Kindness in memory of the Sandyhook Elementary students who lost their lives in Newtown, Connecticut, last December.
The students, who attend the center located at 244 Tremont Road, have been making crafts and visiting local places to show their acts of kindness.
The center is owned by Jen Levan and Fawn Sirbaugh and is under the direction of Amy Shade.
Inspired to act: 26 Acts of Kindness began when NBC News' Ann Curry went to Twitter and asked people to imagine what would happen if all us committed to 20 acts of kindness to honor each child lost at Sandyhook Elementary School. Curry said tens of thousands of people on Twitter and Facebook not only seized the idea, they increased it to 26 Acts, to include the heroic teachers who also lost their lives.
For the month of January, the entire daycare center has been creating banners, magnets, and all kinds of crafty items to hand out in the local community. Their first act of kindness included making banners and presenting them to the local firefighters in Pine Grove.
Also included in their acts of kindness were visits to area nursing homes, drawing pictures for Operation Hugs and Kisses organization, making flags and posters for the VA Hospital, sending out thinking of you cards, donated money to an Autism walk, collected canned goods, and recently decorated Fulton Bank in Pine Grove and greeted bank patrons as they entered the front door.
"I think this is a great idea that the staff would teach the kids the importance of kindness and to remember the victims of the tragedy at Sandyhook Elementary School," said Chrsitina Deeter Reed, a mother of a student at the daycare center. "This also shows how even small communities are affected by what happens in other places of the country."